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Cherry Pickers Guide Info Request

I am a little familiar with the Cherry Pickers Guide books but I never acquired one. There are many issues in print and I am wondering if each volume is different or are they just adding updates to a continuing publication? I am mainly interested in Washington Quarter varieties from 1932 to 1998. Is one volume better than another for this topic or is there a better book out there I should be looking for? I appreciate your opinion on this topic.

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  • ShurkeShurke Posts: 137 ✭✭✭

    Generally the newest volume you can get is best. They add new varieties with each release.

    Although they also occasionally demote some of the less popular varieties. It’s kind of a strange situation where they don’t “delist” them; the unpopular varieties are still considered Cherrypickers varieties, but they remove the photos and their write up from the book. So if you want to chase those, you might want to pick up an older volume or two as well.

    If you aren’t married to the idea of having all this in print, there are a couple of websites that many collectors find even more helpful than the Cherrypickers books. Varietyvista.com and Wexler’s doubleddie.com both have more photos than the books, and Wexler typically lists additional PUPS that Cherrypickers doesn’t mention.

  • yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,593 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 9, 2024 11:13AM

    Each volume contains a separate set of denominations.
    The quarters are in volume II (half dimes to quarters).
    https://www.amazon.com/Cherrypickers-II-6th-Bill-Fivaz-dp-0794850111/dp/0794850111/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

  • CRHer700CRHer700 Posts: 625 ✭✭✭✭

    The current edition is the 6th, but volume one will set you back $300 or more. The other two volumes are much cheaper.

    Cheers, and God Bless, CRHer700 :mrgreen:

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,794 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This NGC page could be useful as well.

    https://www.ngccoin.com/variety-plus/united-states/quarters/washington-quarters-1932-1998/?page=1

    @Shurke - Is Wexler’s website still active? I thought I heard he retired.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,794 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks @Shurke

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • CRHer700CRHer700 Posts: 625 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 9, 2024 5:40PM

    @JohnF said:
    Good news! Whitman is working on a reprint of Volume One to come out by summer ANA to coincide with a new Volume III! Very exciting times at Whitman right now. -John

    Can you say exactly when this will be available or if it will be for sale at summer FUN?
    I really want one, but don’t want to pay the current price.

    Cheers, and God Bless, CRHer700 :mrgreen:

  • CBTL2CBTL2 Posts: 71 ✭✭

    Thanks to everyone for the great information so far. With all the data that has been in these guides it would be nice to see them print issues based on denominations with all the information they gathered over the years. Wishful thinking on my part. I will watch for the new issue to be released and pic up a copy. I have used the Wexler site. I need to check out the other ones mentioned.

  • CBTL2CBTL2 Posts: 71 ✭✭

    It would be very helpful if PCGS would use red arrows or some method of identifying the varieties on the one they recognize. Take one True View picture of that variety, point out the qualifiers so we know what to look for along with a brief summary description.

  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,837 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When a new addition comes out, new varieties are added and some are removed from book for low collector interest with a very few delisted because debunked.

    The latest edition showing Washington quarters is the Sixth edition Volume 2. There are roughly 80 pages of Washington quarters with 2 varieties per page, near 15 removed and near 15 new varieties added. This edition has been out for near a year, and sounds like a reprinting is occurring now (they have never reprinted in the past, making old editions 'collectors editions' and premium applied)

    The idea of making a complete book by denomination is a good one, as many varieties are not listed or shown in latest book and the TPGS still attribute them. Of course the minors (2c, 3c, h10, 20c, commemorative, gold) could be a separate book.

  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,837 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When a new addition comes out, new varieties are added and some are removed from book for low collector interest with a very few delisted because debunked.

    The latest edition showing Washington quarters is the Sixth edition Volume 2. There are roughly 80 pages of Washington quarters with 2 varieties per page, near 15 removed and near 15 new varieties added. This edition has been out for near a year, and sounds like a reprinting is occurring now (they have never reprinted in the past, making old editions 'collectors editions' and premium applied)

    The idea of making a complete book by denomination is a good one, as many varieties are not listed or shown in latest book and the TPGS still attribute them. Of course the minors (2c, 3c, h10, 20c, commemorative, gold) could be a separate book.

  • JohnFJohnF Posts: 273 ✭✭✭✭

    @CRHer700 said:

    @JohnF said:
    Good news! Whitman is working on a reprint of Volume One to come out by summer ANA to coincide with a new Volume III! Very exciting times at Whitman right now. -John

    Can you say exactly when this will be available or if it will be for sale at summer FUN?
    I really want one, but don’t want to pay the current price.

    Closer to summer ANA (August). I don't know the schedule yet as we haven't sent it to the printer. It's coming!!!

    John Feigenbaum
    Whitman Brands: President/CEO (www.greysheet.com; www.whitman.com)
    PNG: Executive Director (www.pngdealers.org)

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